publication . Report . Research . 2017

How Do Peers Impact Learning? An Experimental Investigation of Peer-to-Peer Teaching and Ability Tracking

Kimbrough, Erik O.; McGee, Andrew; Shigeoka, Hitoshi;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research
Abstract
Classroom peers are believed to influence learning by teaching each other, and the efficacy of this teaching likely depends on classroom composition in terms of peers' ability. Unfortunately, little is known about peer-to-peer teaching because it is never observed in field studies. Furthermore, identifying how peer-to-peer teaching is affected by ability tracking – grouping students of similar ability – is complicated by the fact that tracking is typically accompanied by changes in curriculum and the instructional behavior of teachers. To fill this gap, we conduct a laboratory experiment in which subjects learn to solve logic problems and examine both the import...
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ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION
free text keywords: I24, C91, I28, peer-to-peer teaching, ability tracking, peer effects, group composition, education and inequality, laboratory experiment, ddc:330
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